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Why "Just Coffee" Won't Cut It

Why

Even though we’ve all heard the saying, ”breakfast is the most important meal of the day” doesn’t mean we believe it.  A recent SheSpeaks poll, which asks members what they normally eat for breakfast, finds that a lot of us are depriving ourselves of some serious nutrients.

Nearly 30% of us admit we forgo edibles and just drink coffee for breakfast on a daily basis and another 8.2% don’t ingest anything at all in the morning. The rest of us are making meals of different morning foods like bagels, muffins, yogurt eggs, and bacon with cereal coming in as a frontrunner.

Though coffee is a great mood booster and can be the perfect compliment to your a.m. eats – having just coffee alone doesn’t give your body enough of what it needs to get you through to lunch time. Online fitness journal Fit Day discusses why coffee for breakfast is a bad idea.

Since you’re not getting any calories, protein or fiber with your morning mug you’ll feel extra tired after that initial caffeine buzz wears off. By midmorning your blood sugar and insulin levels can become unstable causing you to feel more stressed as well as crave foods that are high in sugar and fat.

If you’ve turned to a coffee breakfast as a way to lose weight, you’d see much better results by eating a well-balanced low fat protein and carb combo within 2 hours after waking up (even if you don’t feel hungry). And for those facing a time crunch in the morning, think about eating something healthy like a banana and low-fat bran muffin on-the-go.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

How do you feel when you just have coffee in the morning versus a well-balanced breakfast?
 

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  • heatherv112506 By heatherv112506
    09.21.11  

    For me, I have to drink coffee first and foremost! Then I always tend to have a small breakfast weather it be Frosted Mini Wheats or some fruit and yogurt. But If I just have coffee and no food with it, it's like I'm running on turbo charge and then by lunch I feel horrible.

  • tara1sh By tara1sh
    09.21.11  

    I have my coffee in the morning with either a bowl of oatmeal that is loaded with fruit or a bowl of my favorite Greek Yogurt loaded with fruit and a slight drizzle of maple syrup! I love this breakfast as it is packed with protein and will keep me full until lunchtime.

  • krislovejmt By krislovejmt
    09.21.11  

    I have coffee for breakfast, and lunch. Don't you dare insult the nectar of the Gods! xD Seriously though, as a working mom (among other things), I don't have time for much more than coffee. I only get about 3 hours of sleep a night, so coffee kinda keeps me going.

  • lauralee By lauralee
    09.21.11  

    I opt for tea and usually try to keep it healthy with some carbs, whole grains, fruits and protein.

  • mel02351 By mel02351
    09.21.11  

    I definitely need my caffeine in the morning. I am not much of a breakfast eater most of the time!

  • Jenzecho By Jenzecho
    09.21.11  

    Since I've made the switch fro just tea or nothing in the mornings to actually cooking breakfast for my family I have noticed some great changes! My waistline is smaller, my daughter gets better grades and my husband is not so grumpy on his way out the door. I'm a believer!

  • jessb7 By jessb7
    09.21.11  

    I can't get enough of Coffee Flavored Pearl Soymilk by Kikkoman! Pour it over ice and it's like a latte straight from the coffee shop...but so much cheaper! Yum!

  • pharmgirl101 By pharmgirl101
    09.21.11  

    I am in love with coffee, even though I dont drink it every day. I can't survive without breakfast in the morning! I usually have something fast, like cereal, on the weekdays, but I love something wonderful like eggs and biscuits on the weekend!

  • BresBaubles By BresBaubles
    09.22.11  

    Unfortunately, I am guilty of this crime! I will try to do better

  • kab1st By kab1st
    09.22.11  

    Coffee is the nectar of the gods, but I do feel better when I eat something as well. I usually go with eggs, or leftovers. I have never felt the need to eat "breakfast foods", if it's good enough for lunch or dinner it's fine for breakfast.

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